Mixing Hollywood flair with the element of surprise, Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of new independent and foreign films. Audiences arrive at the theater not knowing in advance what will be screened and are among the first to see a new movie and then engage in a critical discussion led by film scholars and special guests – destined to start conversations before the films ever come out.
Films are personally selected by Talk Cinema founder Harlan Jacobson, the nationally recognized film critic whose signature guarantees quality selections from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. The selection may be an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit.
I, Tonya premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and retells the story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding, who rose through the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and had her future thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervened.
The host is Kevin Sandler, a film and media studies professor at ASU specializing in U.S. popular media, censorship, media convergence and animation.